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April 19, 2014 | 19th Nisan 5774

Statement on Olmert and Abbas commitment to peace

Statement of Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie
President,
Union for Reform Judaism
Applauding Israeli Prime Minister Olmert and Palestinian President Abbas’
Continued Commitment to Peace

April 13, 2007- I welcome today’s reports that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert have agreed to talk every two weeks. Such communications are indispensable in moving toward a resolution to the ongoing dispute, and mediating conflicts between their governments. This important agreement acknowledges that the road to peace is indeed a process, requiring ongoing talks and negotiations. Such communications may be the key to the creation of a lasting peace.

We also commend Secretary Rice for her proposal which brought about the plan for these bi-weekly. Her leadership and commitment to a peace plan for the region is an essential ingredient in bringing a peaceful two-state solution to fruition.

This Shabbat, as every Shabbat, as every day, Jews will pray for the peace of Jerusalem. We do so, this week, with a renewed sense of optimism and hope.

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